• Warren at Vatican: be 'winsome under attack'

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (23 hours ago)

    Photo from Rick Warren
    VATICAN CITY (BP) -- Christians must defend marriage by facing opponents winsomely and demonstrating that God's plan of one man and one woman for life promotes human flourishing, Rick Warren told international religious leaders at the Vatican Nov. 18.

    Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in the Los Angeles area, said he supports God's unchanging model for marriage and opposes gay marriage because "the only way to always be relevant is to be eternal. ... Read More

  • Collegiates 'Elevate' skills for ministry

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (23 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy Resonate Church
    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- When Arsenia Ivanov came to the end of her freshman year at Washington State University she had a choice to make.

    The first generation Russian-American had little background in Christianity before attending Resonate Church on WSU's campus in Pullman, Wash. As summer approached the young believer could either go home -- away from her newly discovered spiritual support system -- or join her Resonate friends for a high-commitment summer missional adventure in San Diego called Elevate. Read More

  • ERLC, Ministry Grid partner to provide ethics training

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (23 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethics and leadership training entities are partnering to help pastors and churches address ethical issues from a Gospel perspective.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 6 a partnership with Ministry Grid, a service of Lifeway Christian Resources, to provide training for pastors and other church leaders. Ministry Grid is LifeWay's year-old, web-based video service that enables churches of all sizes to train pastoral staff and lay leaders in customizable ways. Read More

  • Ferguson, Mo., church hosts prayer summit

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (23 hours ago)

    Photo by Mark Snowden/Pathway
    FERGUSON, Mo. (BP) -- As rumors of potential grand jury action swirled across Ferguson, Mo., a hundred Baptists met for a prayer summit at First Baptist Church to pray for the community, the state and the nation.

    The prayer summit was led by the North American Mission Board's Gary Frost and Arkansas pastor Bill Elliff. Read More